easy guava & cheese pop tarts
Guava & cheese pop tarts 2 ways!! These are sooo yummy and so easy to make!! You'll be surprised at how quickly they come together & how impressive they are!
made with pie crusts in the pic above.
made with puff pastry sheets in the pic above.
Both versions are delicious, but I think the puff pastry version is my fave! I originally made the puff pastry version for a garden tea party brunch that a friend and I hosted! They were a hit. Everyone that tried them loved them!! The puff pastry version is really more like a toaster strudel- my faveeee breakfast growing up. We were too poor to have them often, but when we did, I was in heaven! haha I was also surprised how easy these are to make! I've been wanting to make pop tarts for a while now and have been intimidated too! This recipe is SO EASY and takes hardly any time at all!!
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guava & cheese pop tarts
this recipe is adapted slightly from the How to Love Cooking Blog
* watch a video of me making these here
for the filling/pop tarts:
4 oz cream cheese softened (half a block)
3 T powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1 box of puff pastry sheets
or sub 1 box of pie crusts for 2nd version
1 jar of guava dessert or package of guava paste (you won't use all of it)
1 egg wisked with a splash of water
for the icing:
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp lime zest
1/2 T fresh lime juice
pinch of salt
* for pop tarts with puff pastry
1.) Set out the block of cream cheese ahead of time to soften.
2.) Preheat oven to 400 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
3.) Start by making the cream cheese filling. Mix together softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt in a small bowl using a hand mixer (or stand mixer). Transfer to a sandwich size ziplock bag and set aside.
4.) Unfold the puff pastry sheets and layer both on top of each other (it's easier if they are thawed out for a few minutes). Cut along seams and create 9 squares. (18 in total since sheets are layered on top of each other). Put 9 of the puff pastry sheets on the lined baking sheet.
5.) Put about a spoonful or so of the guava dessert in the center of each pastry sheet, cut a hole in the tip of the sandwich bag and pipe some of the cream cheese filling on both sides of the guava (see my IG reel for a tutorial). You could also just spoon some over the guava. Put the matching puff pastry sheet on top of the fillings and use a fork to crimp and seal the edges. Wisk an egg with a splash of water and brush on top of each pastry. Bake in the oven for 12-14 min or until golden brown and done.
6.) While the pop tarts are baking, mix up the glaze. Zest your lime(s), cut the lime in half and squeeze out enough juice to have 1/2 - 1 Tablespoon. Add 1/2 tsp of lime zest, 1/2 T of the lime juice, a pinch of salt, in a small bowl and 1/4 cup of powdered sugar. Mix well. Your glaze should be fairly thick (like the glaze that comes with toaster strudels! haha) You might need to add a little more powdered sugar (I do 1 tablespoon at a time) or more lime juice until you get the right consistency.
7.) Once pop tarts are done baking, put them on a rack to cool. When they are cooled, spoon the glaze over each pop tart, add sprinkles if you want some extra flare and enjoy!
* for pop tarts with pie crusts
follow the directions above but use premade pie crusts instead of the puff pastry sheets (they are easier to work with if you let them thaw out for a little bit). Trim the round edges off the crusts and make 4 rectangles from each pie crust. I used the scraps too. I was able to make 4 pop tarts from the 2 pie crusts that come in one box. Bake them at 400 for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown.
I hope you love these as much as we do!! If you make them, I'd love to know what you think! :)